Southern Garden History Society regularly publishes events held by nonprofits and organizations that are of interest to our members. These events include symposiums, lectures and tours that provide participants with a greater appreciation of garden history and restoration.

Requests for listings in our events calendar should be sent to Peggy Cornett, Magnolia editor.



April 25-December 31, 2018

“Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens”
Atlanta History Center
Atlanta, GA

This exhibition is presented in combination with the publication of a new University of Press book by the same title co-authored by Staci L. Catron and Mary Ann Eaddy with photographs by James R. Lockhart. Through photographs, postcards, landscape plans, and manuscripts, Seeking Eden highlights the importance of historic gardens in Georgia’s past as well as their value and meaning within the state’s 21st-century communities. Dating from the mid-18th century to the early 20th century, these publicly and privately owned gardens include antebellum parterres, Colonial Revival gardens, Country Place Era landscapes, rock gardens, historic town squares, and college campuses. This exhibition combines beautiful contemporary photographs with historic photographs, postcards, landscape plans, and manuscripts to explore the significant impact of the women who envisioned and nurtured many of these special places; the role of professional designers, and the influence of the garden club movement in Georgia in the early 20th century. Visit:



September 12, 2018

Louise Agee Wrinkle: “Listen to the Land: Creating a Southern Woodland Garden”
Cherokee Garden Library
Atlanta History Center
Atlanta, GA

Presented in partnership with The Garden Conservancy. Louise Wrinkle discusses her book, Listen to the Land: Creating a Southern Woodland Garden, in a conversation with her friend Jim Landon. Her story is an engaging, informative, and poignant memoir of a life spent tending a woodland oasis in Alabama. Wrinkle grew up on this land, returned to it in midlife, and has, for the last 30 years, tended it with care and creativity, according to her philosophy of allowing the land to speak for itself. For more than 35 years she has been an active and distinguished member of the Garden Club of America (GCA) and was a Founding Board Member of the Garden Conservancy. Visit:


September 21-22, 2018

12th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello

Celebrate the revolutionary legacy of Thomas Jefferson workshops, lectures, and tomato tastings and family friendly activities. Featured speakers include Peter Hatch, Michael Twitty, Ira Wallace, David Shields, Craig LeHoullier, and many more. Visit:


September 22, 2018

Marion Deane Drummond Lecture Series
Mobile Botanical Garden
Mobile, AL

The newly established Marion Deane Drummond Lecture Series will launch in September with lectures by Dr. Brian Axsmith and Dr. Dave Creech. The series is named for long-time SGHS member Marion Drummond.

Tickets and more information.



October 5-6, 2018

300 Years of Plants on the Move in Texas
SGHS State Ambassadors Program
Nacogdoches, TX

Join SGHS State Ambassadors, Stephen F. Austin State University Gardens and Friends of Historic Nacogdoches, Inc. to celebrate Texas’ Tricentennial in gardening with tours, lectures, and a rare plant sale at the SFASU’s Pineywoods Native Plant Center. Lectures will cover a broad sweep of gardening history in Texas, beginning with the Spanish era through to modern introductions. Speakers include Greg Grant, David Creech, Jeff Abt and keynote speaker Bill Welch. The event will be held at the prestigious newly restored Fredonia  Hotel and Convention Center. For more information, email:


October 18, 2018

Amy Stewart: “Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities”
Cherokee Garden Library
Atlanta History Center
Atlanta, GA

Author Amy Stewart shares her diabolical tales of the dark and mysterious side of the plant kingdom. Combining history, medicine, science, and legend, Stewart’s Wicked Plants entertains, enlightens, and at times, alarms. The A to Z compendium of “bloodcurdling” botany is irresistible to even the most seasoned gardeners and nature lovers. Visit:


October 19-20, 2018

“The Changing Nature of Gardening”
30th Annual Southern Garden Symposium and Workshops
St. Francisville, LA

Featured speakers include celebrated authors Andrea Wulf, Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy. More information


April 26-28, 2019

Southern Garden History Society Annual Meeting
Birmingham, AL

More information.